The Best Friends Podcast Episode 95
The human-animal bond transcends all, regardless of where someone lives, their race, or how much they have in their bank account - pet ownership is for everyone. It’s a concept that is gaining more and more acceptance across animal welfare, and it has brought new approaches to keep people and pets together to the forefront.
There have been shifts in animal services (called animal control or field services, depending on where you are). Historically, animal services departments have primarily focused on code enforcement, often leading to punishment-based consequences. We know that disproportionately affects people of color and lower-income pet owners and may lead to pets being impounded, taken from their families when there are often solutions available to keep those pets where they belong - at home.
To learn more about how communities across the country are moving to more support-based animal services, we spoke with Ashley Anderson Mutch, the senior program manager of enforcement and policy reform with the Humane Society of the United States Pets for Life program.
- Punishment to Support: The Need to Align Animal Control Enforcement with the Human Social Justice Movement
- Best Friends Podcast Episode 40: From Punishment to Support
- The Humane Society of the United States: Pets for Life
- Best Friends: Humane Animal Control Manual
- Best Friends Town Hall: The Human Connection: save more lives by building stronger relationships in communities
- Best Friends Editorial: Field Services: Identifying Data Worth Collecting
- Best Friends: Animal Care and Control Resources
- Beyond Cages: Animal Law and Criminal Punishment
Ashley Anderson Mutch
Senior Program Manager, Enforcement and Policy Reform, Pets for Life at The Humane Society of the United States
Ashley Anderson-Mutch is a Senior Program Manager of Policy and Enforcement Reform with Pets for Life at the Humane Society of the United States. She works with animal welfare organizations across the country to address areas of inequity with internal and external policies that disproportionately affect underserved communities and communities of color. She also works with several municipal shelter organizations and local animal enforcement teams to implement community-based support practices.
Prior to joining the HSUS, Ashley worked as a Humane Law Enforcement Officer in the city of Philadelphia and across several counties in Pennsylvania.